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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 25, 2009 8:39am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Someone has partially posted the 1944 Captain America serial as Captain American under blip.tv. If it's public domain I can repost it along with the missing chapters. However it's my understanding that it is not in the public domain. Any advice or information on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Poster: quigs Date: Aug 25, 2009 4:40pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

I guess it isn't. Just as well, it's out of sync (audio with video)

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Poster: anh Mike Date: Aug 26, 2009 9:53am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

As far as I know that CA serial is not coprighted I have access the VHS Nostolgia merchant VHS it has no copyright from Republic. Saturday at the matinee was another VHS. The serialsquardon release a copy and Dr grood says that republic lost the rights and Marvel does not own it either. It is NOT protected by trademark anymore than Dick Tracy serial and movies are.
I am not a lawyer and do not have access to the orginal studio contracts in order to confirm 100% PD on CA anymore than the other Posted serials. Therefore, republic could send a cease and desist letter on any of these serials posted at IA, claiming copyright.

I plan to upload my copy but I have limited internet access. It is better but the ch1-6 jump a bit. but sound is much better and picture clearer. I guess we can have contest which one is the best.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Sep 5, 2009 5:38am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Just thought you might like to know that in the early 1980s when The Nostalgia Merchant put out Captain America they had the exclusive license for the Republic and RKO (National Telefilms Associates) catalogue for video worldwide.

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Poster: anh Mike Date: Sep 5, 2009 9:21am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

thanks but the copyright says Nostagia merchant (I can always scan the back of the VHS) and serialsquadron.com had already posted the Paramount (republic) have losts the rights and Marvel has no idea about the serial. they release a restored version of it until Joe simon sued marvel over C.A., the character not the serial. And Parmount was looking for something to copyright the serial. Dr, grood felt there was too much heat surroung C.A. Furthermore, the serial apperently was intented for the fawcett character Mr. Scarlet, who alias is a lawyer. Therefore one cannot argue the serial was based on copyrighted story in Captain America comics. Only similarity between C.A. serial and C.A. comics is the costum. (More Trivia surronding C.A.).

Thanks for the input.

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Poster: anh Mike Date: Sep 5, 2009 10:06am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: x-9

I could not find the post on X-9 so I had to insert it here. I apologize if I am wrong on what you said about one serial in the PD but the story is owned by Hamelet. I have the complete hamelet and raymond X-9 stips, released in 1983. According to that source Hamelett does not control the X-9 stories but KF paid him to write the stories. Therefore he has no rights to them. The strips are a copyrighted 1934 KF. However, the book says 1983 in the front. If it can be proven that KF did not renew the copyrights to the story then the 1st serial is in PD. Unless Hamletts family sued KF, but the preface does not sound like they would have won.

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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 26, 2009 10:27am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Sweet I'll start my Capt. America derivations when I get home.

Now I have another question. I also have Dick Tracy's G-Men, Dick Tracy Returns, and Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. Does that mean those are those PD too?

This post was modified by Scott Saunders on 2009-08-26 17:27:23

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Aug 27, 2009 1:12am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Are your copies recorded in the ep mode or does anyone have a copy in the sp mode? I'm just curious.

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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 27, 2009 3:51am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Neither, it's DVD.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Aug 27, 2009 1:14pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Even better.

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Poster: fedupwithgarbage Date: Aug 26, 2009 12:01pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Scott Saunders:

Looking forward your uploads.

I can finally delete these Quicktime files that I downloaded that "jump a bit" throughout the entire film and are really hard to watch even though the picture and sound are good.

Thanks

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Poster: anh Mike Date: Aug 27, 2009 10:05am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

can post Mpeg 2 or vobs renamed mpeg 9 (at least for the first 6 Ep). AS for DTG-M, DT-returns, DT v. Crime Inc. In the book "Film Superlist" it lists all the films and those that have renewal notices. See this discussion from Video Cellar http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=257677 I checked, cuz I wanted to post them. I saw they all have renewal numbers but not Dick tracy serial #1. I do NOT know how accurate it is because some titles released as PD have renewal # unless they fell into PD in prior to 1998. That book's date is 1979. So, the book agrees w. VCI. In other words, more research has to be done. Whether it is true or not it is possible the rights went to the LATE Chester Gould.
PS.
Anything that Alpha video puts out under their label is in public domain. Be careful they do sell other studios' DVD so make sure its release through alpha. Platnum and Milcreek sell PD titles also. So Jungle queen is PD.

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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 27, 2009 10:56am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

The original Dick Tracy Serial is already here that one is PD for sure. The mpeg4's aren't that great but the original MEPG2 were posted. I should be able to reup Captain America as 1.5Mbp MPEG4 H.264 tomorrow.

This post was modified by Scott Saunders on 2009-08-27 17:56:33

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Poster: fedupwithgarbage Date: Aug 28, 2009 10:34am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Thanks in advance for re-doing the Captain America's.

One observation, I think it would be best, if at all possible, for ONE person to upload the entire serial instead of one person uploading the first 6 chapters and another person uploading the rest. At least that way you get consistency throughout the entire series. A good case-in-point is the "Flying Disc Man From Mars". Half are done in 640x480 .mp4 (with a bad de-interlace) and the other half are 352x240 .mpg.

Just a thought.

A question. Not a complaint mind you, just a question. I've noticed that there are a FEW DivX/XviD .avi's here but not very many. Since the file sizes of comparable quality .avi's are not that different, and everywhere else .avi's seem to be the standard, I'm not sure I understand the logic behind everything here being in .mp4 format. Is it IA's preference that videos be in MPEG4 format or something else?


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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 28, 2009 11:47am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

I think one person is doing a serial, is probably best for consistency, but the archive can't make the determination as to who does what. Like youtube, bilptv, and ourmedia you are bound to get duplicate posts.

If a serial is already partially here I'm going to post the entire serial, again, just for the sake of consistency.

As for the MP4 query, I use mpeg 4 h.264 encodes for a couple of reasons. From the test results that I've seen and the test I've run myself I get better quality at a lower bandwidths using MPEG 4 H.264 than other codecs. MPEG 4 H.264 is now supported by Microsoft's Silverlight, and for the past two and half years it has been a supported video codec for Adobe's Flash/AIR, and the default video codec for the ipod. So when I post my MPEG4's. I use a baseline that will work with the iPod, Silverlight, and Flash video, and provide the highest quality possible for all three, that way I get multiple uses with one encode.

Now, those are my reasons for using MEPG 4, as to why archive.org does mp4 derivatives, I can't presume to speak for them. My best guess is that they are using a unix MPE4 encoder based on ffmpeg, it's probably the best method to do server side encoding. What's cool for me is that the encoder I use is also based on FFMPEG. So if one of my derivations screws up I can re-encode them on my own, and replace the damaged file on the archive with almost identical settings.

This post was modified by Scott Saunders on 2009-08-28 18:41:52

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Poster: fedupwithgarbage Date: Aug 29, 2009 7:19am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Oh, don't get me wrong. I'm tickled to death that you are re-doing the entire Captain America serial. Really looking forward to it. The ones that are already here are bad and should be removed. I just like it when ONE person does the WHOLE series. Call me anal-retentive that way but I like CONSISTENCY.

I see your logic behind the .mp4's. I have a program that will convert them to .avi's that will play on a standalone DVD player so it's not that big a problem for me. Just curious. Sometimes, if the .mp4's are of good enough quality, I will even convert them to regular DVD's. I have a relative that loves these old serials and only has a regular DVD player that won't play .avi's so I do that mainly for him.

Thanks again.

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Poster: anh Mike Date: Aug 27, 2009 10:46am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

One last thing about DT serials I find it fishy that VCI can claim a copyright on a restored copyrighted film. That may give support to a PD 3 DT serials. However, it may be a mistake. All I know the VHS have the orginal copyright date and so also the laserdiscs but no renewal. I have access to both. however, the back of the DVD say restored copyright blair associates (VCI). I am not sure how to check the renewal #.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Aug 27, 2009 11:48am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

It's a PC plot not to offend continentlists.

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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 27, 2009 11:07am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

I thought that a restoration did not necessarily constitute a right to renew copyright. That does sound fishy.

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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 27, 2009 1:30pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

I'm going to do my posts like I did back in the day. Upload the movie and if I get a cease and desist that will be a clue that it's not public domain.

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Poster: anh Mike Date: Aug 27, 2009 2:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America 1944 serial posted as Captain American

Scott, if ur interested in trading or another means I have better copies of some of the serials, Zorro rides again, undersea kingdom, and few other serials off laserdisc. Better than the ones here at IA.

I am curious as to why republic never released the DT series on laserdisc in the 90's if they still owned the rights. I know some films had to be destroyed after a period of time.